For the MA, students must complete a total of 12 courses (36 credit hours). Of the 12 courses, 11 are substantive classes on topics in international security. For these courses, there are no required classes and classes can be taken in any order. There are also no required concentrations; students can choose any combination of courses to complete the ISS degree.
The final course to be completed for the MA is the professional portfolio (POL 695A), which is the program's capstone course.
For the Certificate, students must complete a total of four classes (12 credit hours). There is no required capstone course, and any four courses offered by the ISS program can count towards the Certificate.